Family Resources Handbook – Arts
Five Rivers Arts Alliance
108 Maine Street
Family Arts Festival held annually Brunswick Town Mall in September. Second Friday Art Walk occurs in Brunswick and Topsham (Third Friday in Bath). Arts Downtown and All Around held over a weekend in December.
Smudge Art Studio for Kids
541 US Rt.1
Smudge provides a unique approach to art making for children ages 2-9. Our open hours, birthday parties, and special events focus on the creative process while using a variety of media. Smudge aims to maintain a fun, supportive and instructional environment that will allow children to develop their artistic skills. Summer camp sessions for ages 2 – 12 are offered as well.
7 Lincoln Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
Spindleworks is a non profit art center for adults with disabilities and a program of the Independence Association of Brunswick Maine, whose mission is to help children and adults with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives in their chosen community.
Coastal Youth Orchestra
The Coastal Youth Orchestra provides an opportunity for string players as well as wind and brass students in the mid-coast region to experience the thrill and challenge of ensemble performance. It is open by audition to string students ages 7 – high school and advanced wind, brass and percussion students. Rehearsals are held Tuesdays at Mt. Ararat High School.
Portland Symphony Orchestra
477 Congress St.
Explore the different families of orchestral instruments while introducing children (ages 3 – 7) to live symphonic music through fun and interactive programs with PSO musicians. The concerts are 35-40 minutes in length and take place at various locations around the state. For the Brunswick area the Kinderkonzerts are located at the Crooker Theater, Brunswick High School on 116 Maquoit Road.
Portland Symphony Orchestra
477 Congress St.
Students (ages 8 – 12) hear the full PSO playing richly diverse styles of music, while learning about the elements of orchestra music and instruments. Held at Merrill Auditorium at the Portland City Hall, these concerts are approximately 50 minutes in length.
Maine Youth Orchestra
286 West Elm Street
PO Box 40
Formerly Brunswick Regional Youth Orchestra, this non-profit organization gives young musicians the unique experience of performing with a full orchestra. Auditions are typically held each fall and spring. Alternative contact number is 846-5535.
Josephine Cameron Songwriting for Kids
PO Box 301
Josephine Cameron offers summer workshops at Bowdoin College: Songwriting for Kids, Fiction Writing for Kids, and Poetry Writing for Kids. She also offers school and community presentations throughout the year, as well as a limited number of private lessons.
72 Front Street
Music Together is a music and movement classes for infants, toddlers and preschooler with their parents and caregivers. Classes take place on Tuesday and Friday mornings in Brunswick and on Wednesday morning in Bath. Activities include fingerplays, scarf dances, singing games and instuments jams. These 45 minute, family classes, take place weekly, with a trained teacher.
25 Federal St.
Matt Looisgian offers a variety of musical programs for children and families, including Songbook Sing-Alongs, Muscial Birthdays, in-home Music Groups, and Music Together.
Happy Day Music
4 South St.
Happy Day Music is primarily an Early Childhood Music and Movement Program held at your child’s daycare or preschool for children ages 2 and up. Classes are also offered to families in the community from time to time.
The Ballet School
799 Middlesex Rd.
Ballet classes offered for children ages 3 – 12 as well as teens and adults. Modern Dance and Contemporary Pointe classes are also offered. Also home of Coastal Maine Youth Ballet and Sessenoe Contemporary Ballet Emsemble.
Children’s Music of Bath
72 Front St.
61 contact: Tami Palmiter
Yoga and Dance offered for adults. Family Contra Dancing and Rental Opportunites also provided. Music Together Classes given for parents and caregivers with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Preschool Playgroup Drop-off class for 3-6 year-olds offered. Plus, music lessons on penny whistle, guitar, harp, piano, fiddle.
517 Forest Ave.
66 contact: Eugenia L. O’Brien
Pre-ballet classes for children 4 1/2 – 7 offering a foundation of ballet in an atmosphere of fun and purpose; classical ballet classes train both recreational and professional dancers from 7 years to adult.
Ron Trell Studio of Dance
212 Maine St.
Tap and ballet classes for children 4 years and up. Character and musical comedy classes for students 13 years and up.
Center for the Arts at the Chocolate Church
804 Washington St.
One of the largest and most active arts organizations in the state; advances and presents the performing and visual arts through classical, jazz, and popular music concerts, dance and theatrical performances, children’s events, and gallery exhibits.
Maine State Music Theater
Summer musical productions performed (box office 725-8769) with opportunities for local children and adults to audition.
The Young People’s Theater
The Theater Project
14 School Street
contact: Al Miller, Director
The Young People’s Theater is a long-standing program for elementary though middle school actors, including classes and productions by young actors.